Re: Fate of all-day kindergarten in hands of Ontario voters
Reports claiming benefits from all-day K/daycare - behavioural, social, cognitive - are not peer-reviewed scholarship.
They are self-published by organizations pushing these programs, eg HELP, CRRU, CCAAC, World Bank, High/Scope.
Typically they selectively quote Nobel Prize economist James Heckman saying $1 spent saves $2-$17 in reduced crime,
improved 'human capital', etc.
Economist Kevin Milligan calls this mis-use of Heckman by all-day K promoters "jaw dropping" "gross
misrepresentation". Heckman is opposed to universal programs finding "no evidence". His findings are about very
disadvantaged families that participated in programs that were not all day, which involved mothers intensively. Heckman
supports VOUCHERS for VERY DISADVATAGED FAMILIES to use in programs NOT run by GOVERNMENT.
Sweden - the OECD's "model" - has academic test scores for teens far below Canada's, and reports low quality, rising
youth suicide and crime, rising domestic violence against women, women concentrated in low-pay jobs - and spends over